Police Say David Sweat And Richard Matt Could Be "Anywhere"
The details of a daring weekend prison break in New York sound like they come from a movie: two convicted murderers used power tools and carefully crafted decoys to break out of a maximum-security prison after crawling through a series of narrow underground pipes and emerging from a manhole. As of Monday morning (June 8), experts said the men, David Sweat and Richard Matt, were "basically untraceable" and could be "literally anywhere," leading to a huge manhunt on Sunday in which more than 250 law enforcement officers went house-to-house, used road blocks, helicopters and bloodhounds to try and track them down in the sparsely populated Adirondack Mountains area around the prison. It was the first prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility in 150 years and officials were so worried that they offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to their recapture.
Teen Who Was Jailed For Three Years Without Conviction Dead Of Suicide
Kalief Browder, 22, was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack. Imprisoned at age 16, he was then held for three years at Rikers Island prison in New York without ever being convicted of a crime, during which he was allegedly severely beaten by guards, held in solitary for two years and attempted suicide several times. According to reports, Browder committed suicide this weekend after years of post-prison struggles. The journalist who wrote about Browder’s case in the New Yorker said the young man "did not seem like himself" during a visit earlier this year following two psychiatric hospitalizations. "I think what caused the suicide was his incarceration and those hundreds and hundreds of nights in solitary confinement, where there were mice crawling up his sheets in that little cell," Browder’s lawyer, Paul Prestia, said. "Being starved, and not being taken to the shower for two weeks at a time … those were direct contributing factors.… That was the pain and sadness that he had to deal with every day, and I think it was too much for him." The length of time Browder spent behind bars without trial revealed that the median time it took to resolve criminal cases in the Bronx at the time of his release was 517 days.
Lindsey Graham Is Against Same-Sex Marriage, But For Caitlyn Jenner
Rights are for certain people, but votes are for everyone. That seems to be the message of Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Lindsey Graham, who, despite his strong opposition to same-sex marriage, said in an interview that he'd gladly welcome Caitlyn Jenner at one of his campaign events. "I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy, but I’m running to be president of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party," Graham said a day after Jenner released a widely seen photo of herself hosting a girls night at her Malibu home. Graham's comments contrast with the disparaging joke fellow GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made earlier this year that he wished he could have pretended to be transgender in school "when it came to take showers in PE" so he could shower with girls.